Best Wedding Toasts
This collection of wedding toasts includes a great selection of toasts specifically created for the bridesmaid, best man, father of the bride, wedding party, and guests!
You’ll find these lines perfect for wrapping up your wedding speech on a high note.
Beautiful wedding toasts for the new couple
Let’s start with some traditional blessings that work well as wedding toasts. Be sure to check out toasts for each member of the wedding party below. And raise a glass to toast the newlyweds!
1. Wedding toasts – blessings
1.) May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies, and quick to make friends.
2.) May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
3.) May these rich blessings be your due…
A wealth of friendships, old and new,
4.) Quiet nights and busy days, time for prayer and time for praise,
Some service rendered, some solace given,
And gentle peace with God and heaven.
5.) May the blessings of light be upon you, light without and light within, and in all your comings and goings, may you ever have a kindly greeting from them you meet along the road.
6.) May the joys you share today be the beginning of a lifetime of great happiness and fulfillment.
7.) May the best of your yesterdays be the worst of your tomorrows.
8.) To be able to find your soul mate is a true blessing. Let us raise a glass to the bride and groom. Thank you for sharing your blessing of happiness with all of us.
9.) May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.
10.) May your heart be warm and happy with the lilt of loud laughter every day in every way, and forever and ever after.
11.) May you see each other through many dark days and make all the rest a little brighter.
12.) May the joys of today be those of tomorrow. The goblets of life hold no dregs of sorrow.
13.) May you both live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live.
14.) May your heart be light and happy. May your smile be big and wide. And may your pockets always have a coin or two inside.
15.) May the most you wish for be the least you get.
16.) May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold. And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold.
17.) May you get all your wishes but one, so you always have something to strive for.
18.) But rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
19.) May you live as long as you like, and have all you like for as long as you live.
20.) To the bride and groom, may I wish you health, may I wish you happiness, may I wish you wealth – and everything else you could wish for.
21.) May you grow old on one pillow.
22.) May your love be like the misty rain, gentle coming in but flooding the river.
23.) May your joys be as sweet as spring flowers that grow,
as bright as a fire when winter winds blow,
as countless as leaves that float down in the fall,
and as serene as the love that keeps watch over us all.
Old English blessing
24.) May their joys be as deep as the ocean, And their misfortunes as light as the foam.
25.) May your love be as endless as your wedding rings.
27.) Happy the bride and bridegroom and thrice happy are they whose love grows stronger day by day and whose union remains undissolved until the last day.
26.) Ten thousand things bright
Ten thousand miles, no dust
Water and sky one color
Houses shining along your road.
27.) May their joys be as bright as the morning, and their sorrows but shadows that fade in the sunlight of love.
28.) May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
The sun shine warm upon your face,
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
29.) May your thoughts be as glad as the shamrocks, may your hearts be as light as a song, may each day bring you bright happy hours that stay with you all year long.
30.) Let’s drink to love, which is nothing—unless it’s divided by two.
31.) May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, The sunshine warm upon your face, The rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
32.) For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way. Good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day.
Traditional wedding proverbs
33.) Love is like a baby; it needs to be treated gently.
34.) When the husband drinks to the wife, all would be well; when the wife drinks to the husband, all is.
35.) Try to reason about love, and you will lose your reason.
36.) It is love that makes the impossible, possible.
37.) The heart that loves is always young.
38.) No road is long with good company.
39.) Deep love is stronger than life.
40.) Marriage has teeth, and him bit very hot.
41.) Where there is love, there is no darkness.
More traditional proverbs
42.) There is no cure for love other than marriage.
43.) When love reigns, the impossible may be attained.
44.) He who treads the path of love walks a thousand meters as if it were only one.
45.) Try to reason about love and you will lose your reason.
46.) A life without love is like a year without summer.
47.) Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
48.) Where there is love, there is no sin.
49.) Here’s to the husband
And here’s to the wife;
May they remain
Lovers for life.
50.) A toast to love and laughter, and happily ever after.
51.) Here’s to the groom with the bride so fair,
And here’s to the bride with groom so rare!
52.) Ka mau ki aha. (May you never thirst again.)
Traditional Hawaiian wedding toast
53.) Ad multos annos—to many years!
2. Heartfelt wedding toasts
1.) Insomuch as love grows you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.
2.) May your love always be added, may it never be subtracted, may your household multiply and may your hearts never be divided!
3.) To the lovely bride and groom, here are my wishes for you. May you always have a place to call home and may you always be surrounded by those you love.
4.) Let your love last forever, and be longer than the last sunset.
5.) May you have love, health, and wealth, but most importantly, may you have the time to enjoy them all.
6.) When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place.
7.) May all your hopes and dreams come true, and may the memory of this day become dearer with each passing year.
Lovely wedding toasts
8.) May your love be modern enough to survive the times and old-fashioned enough to last forever.
9.) Happy marriages begin when we marry the one we love, and they blossom when we love the one we married.
10.) Marriage is the highest state of friendship. If happy, it lessens our care by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.
11.) A toast: may all sweethearts become married couples, and may all married couples remain sweethearts.
12.) Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Robert A. Heinlein
13.) There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day, knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.
14.) Marriage is the most natural state of man and the state in which you will find solid happiness.
3. Advice wedding toasts
1.) To you both, it’s worth bearing in mind that neither of you will ever be perfect, but you can be perfect together.
2.) Remember that creating a successful marriage is like farming: you have to start over again every morning.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
3.) True love stands by each other’s side on good days and stands closer on bad days.
4.) They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
5.) But let there be spaces in your togetherness and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
6.) The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about.
7.) Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.
8.) Let the wife make the husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
Keys to a happy marriage
9.) Always remember to fight with two words, ‘Yes Dear.’
10.) It is a full-time job being honest one moment at a time, remembering to love, to honor, to respect. It is a practice, a discipline, worthy of every moment.
11.) The greatest marriages are built on teamwork. A mutual respect, a healthy dose of admiration, and a never-ending portion of love and grace.
12.) To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.
13.) To keep your marriage brimming with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.
14.) Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.
15.) A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
16.) I think one reason for a successful marriage is laughter. I think laughter gets you through the rough moments in a marriage.
17.) Every good relationship, especially marriage, is based on respect. If it’s not based on respect, nothing that appears to be goodwill lasts very long.
Marriage wisdom toasts
18.) Do not measure your marriage by how much love you feel today: measure it by how much love you’ve offered today.
Glennon Doyle Melton
19.) Love one another, and you will be happy; it is as simple and as difficult as that.
20.) But to sustain a marriage for 50 years, you have to get real a little bit and find someone who is understanding and who you can grow with. My mom always says, ‘Marry the man who loves you a millimeter more.
21.) The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.
22.) But the key to our marriage is the capacity to give each other a break. And to realize that it’s not how our similarities work together; it’s how our differences work together.
Michael J. Fox
4. Friendship wedding toasts
1.) May the hinges of friendship never rust
Or the wings of love lose a feather!
Ladies and gentlemen, the bride and the groom
May they live happily forever.
2.) To our best friends,
who know the most about us,
but refuse to believe it.
3.) May you be friends to each other as only lovers can, and may you love each other as only best friends can.
4.) May the light of friendship guide your paths together and the laughter of children grace the halls of your home. May the joy of living for one another trip a smile from your lips a twinkle from your eye.
5.) May thy life be long and happy, thy cares and sorrows few and the many friends around thee prove faithful, fond and true. May your voyage through life be as happy and as free as the dancing waves on the deep blue sea.
6.) Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
Friendship and love
7.) Here’s to love, the only fire against which there is no insurance.
8.) Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature, and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning, and unquenchable.
9.) Experts on romance say for a happy marriage, there has to be more than a passionate love. For a lasting union, they insist, there must be a genuine liking for each other. Which, in my book, is a good definition of friendship.
10.) A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other… Maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.
For best friend
11.) To my best friend and his beautiful bride: the new couple (name)!
5. Clever and unique wedding toasts
1.) A good marriage is like a casserole, only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.
2.) To the lamp of love – may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.
3.) (Groom) stole (bride’s) heart, so she stole his last name. All in all, I would say that things worked out quite nicely. Let us toast to these lovebirds on their wedding day.
4.) Here’s to marriage, that happy estate
that resembles a pair of scissors:
‘So joined that they cannot be separated,
often moving in opposite directions,
yet punishing anyone who comes between them.’
5.) Marriage is an alliance entered into by a man who can’t sleep with the window shut, and a woman who can’t sleep with the window open.
George Bernard Shaw
6.) Congratulations on the termination of your isolation and may I express an appreciation of your determination to end the desperation and frustration which has caused you so much consternation in giving you the inspiration to make a combination to bring an accumulation to the population.
7.) Marriage is a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
8.) People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness that is compatible with ours, we team up and call it love.
Funny wedding toasts
9.) Before we raise our glasses to the happy couple, I’d like to make a toast to wives and lovers everywhere – may they never, ever cross paths!
10.) To the bride and groom, may the roof above you never fall in and may you both never fall out.
11.) Before we raise a glass to the newlyweds, I’d like to share a Pauline Thomason quote with you: ‘Love is blind – marriage is the eye-opener.’ To the happy couple!
12.) (Bride) and (Groom), before I finish, I’d like you to turn to face each other. You’re now looking into the eyes of the person who is statistically most likely to murder you. To the bride and groom!
13.) Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music, and dancing. She goes Tuesdays; I go Fridays.
14.) If love means never having to say you’re sorry, then marriage means always having to say everything twice.
15.) I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
16.) By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
17.) Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage – they’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry.
18.) A marriage is always made up of two people who are prepared to swear that only the other one snores.
19.) (Groom), take (Bride)’s hand and place your hand over hers. Now remember this moment and cherish it because this will be the last time you’ll ever have the upper hand!
20.) Marry a man your own age; as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.
21.) Love: a temporary insanity curable by marriage.
22.) May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.
23.) Because I love you truly,
Because you love me, too,
My very greatest happiness
Is sharing life with you.
24.) Here’s to the new husband and here’s to the new wife. May they remain lovers for all of life.
25.) Here’s to the bride that is to be, here’s to the groom she’ll wed,
May all their troubles be light as bubbles
Or the feathers that make up their bed!
26.) Here’s to love, laughter
and happily ever after.
As (Groom) and (Bride) start their new life,
Let’s toast the new husband and wife!
27.) I have known many,
Liked not a few,
Loved only one –
I toast to you.
28.) Here’s to the bride and the bridegroom,
We’ll ask their success in our prayers,
And through life’s dark shadows and sunshine
That good luck may always be theirs.
29.) May our children be blessed with rich parents!
30.) To the two secrets to a long-lasting happy marriage: Here’s to a good sense of humor – and a short memory!
31.) A man is incomplete until he’s married. After that, he’s finished.
Zsa Zsa Gabor
32.) May all your ups and downs come only in the bedroom.
33.) May ‘for better or worse’ be far better than worse.
34.) May you live each day like your last and live each night like your first.
35.) The secret of a happy marriage remains a secret.
Short wedding toasts
36.) Here’s to health and prosperity, to you and all your posterity.
37.) May you know nothing but happiness from this day forward.
38.) Let’s drink to love, which is nothing – unless it’s divided by two.
39.) Here’s to your joy and ours, from this day forward.
40.) Happiness is only real when shared.
41.) To long life and happiness – for your life will be my happiness.
42.) Let your love endure beyond the last sunset.
43.) May your wedding days be few and your anniversaries many.
44.) There is only one happiness in life – to love and be loved.
45.) Live life to the fullest – remember, this is the first day of the rest of your life.
46.) To the bride and groom – may we all be invited to your golden wedding celebrations.
47.) Love is a present, so open it happily.
48.) Love is blind — marriage is the eye-opener.
6. Wedding party toasts
1.) To the bride – may she share everything with her husband, including the housework!
2.) A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
Here’s to you, my beautiful bride.
3.) To my wife, my bride and joy.
4.) Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you.
5.) Every day you look lovelier and lovelier, and today you look like tomorrow.
6.) To my bride: she knows all about me and loves me just the same.
7.) May I see you grey and combing your grandchildren’s hair.
8.) Here’s to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend. The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.
9.) May your love be added, never be subtracted, and may your household multiply and may your hearts never be divided!
10.) Here’s to the bride, may your hours of joy be as numerous as the petals of your bridal bouquet.
11.) My wish is that your marriage will be a thing of beauty and a joy forever, always as beautiful as you are today, (Bride). And may the loveliness of your marriage increase with each year. Here’s to the bride and groom.
12.) Here’s to the groom with the bride so fair, and here’s to the bride with groom so rare! Here’s to marriage: one soul in two bodies.
13.) Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them.
14.) To the man who has conquered the bride’s heart, and her mother’s.
15.) Any fool can have a trophy wife. It takes a real man to have a trophy marriage.
Allan K. Chalmers
16.) A good husband makes a good wife.
17.) I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.
Lyndon B. Johnson
18.) Here’s to the groom, a man who keeps his head even as he loses his heart.
19.) Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss within the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
20.) An ideal wife is any woman who has an ideal husband.
Bridesmaid / Maid of honor / Matron of honor toasts
21.) Watching [bride] and [groom] together has renewed my faith in true love. I am so honoured to be a part of this special day. Let us toast to the two people who have brought all of us together in this room today.
22.) Love believes, endures, and hopes. And above all things, love never fails. Let us all raise a glass to [bride,] [groom,] and the unfaltering love that they share.
23.) May the future hold your happiness and your future hold your health. May your heart hold your love, and may your arms hold your babies, yet to come. Here’s to your future happiness together!
24.) They say you don’t marry the person you can live with, you marry the person you can’t live without. That sums up (name) and (name) perfectly. To the happy couple!
Best man toasts
Include a toast to the new couple in your best man speech or wedding speech.
25.) Here’s to the past, for all that you’ve learnt and to the present, for all that you share. Here’s to the future, for all that you’ve got to look forward to.
26.) Please make sure your glasses are charged and join me in toasting the new Mr and Mrs [NAME]. Ladies and gentlemen, to the bride and groom!
27.) Rich or poor, quick or slow, may you know nothing but happiness from this day on.
28.) Before I take a seat I have one last task to perform, and it’s a task that is both my honour and my privilege. Ladies and gentlemen, please raise your glasses and join with me in wishing the newlyweds a long, healthy and very happy future together. To [Bride and partner]!
29.) It’s been a privilege to be their best man – everyone please join me in raising their glasses to the happy couple.
30.) I’d like you all to join me in wishing the new Mr and Mrs (name) all the wealth, health and happiness in the world. To the bride and groom.
Parents: Toasts for father and mother to daughter or son
A few lines for the groom’s parents, father of the groom, and father of the bride:
31.) There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings. Here’s to you soaring together.
32.) It is written: when children find true love, parents find true joy.
33.) Raise your glasses to both [daughter’s partner] and me as we’ve each gained something this fine and blessed day. He/She gains a wife and a companion for life – while I gain a whole new stack of bills to pay.
34.) Let us raise our glasses
And then imbibe
To the splendid couple
Who founded this tribe.
7. Quote wedding toasts
Tip: Use a quote in your wedding invitation cards. Or family members and guests will find these useful at the rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.
1.) Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
2.) Marriage is not just spiritual communion; it is also remembering to take out the trash.
3.) Love doesn’t make the world go round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
4.) A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.
5.) You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.
6.) If you live to be a hundred, I wish to live a hundred minus one, so I never have to live without you.
Winnie the Pooh
7.) You don’t need to be on the same wavelength to succeed in marriage. You just need to be able to ride each other’s waves.
Toni Sciarra Poynter
8.) To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything.
9.) True love does not come by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
10.) Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
11.) Marriage is not a ritual or an end. It is a long, intricate, intimate dance together and nothing matters more than your own sense of balance and your choice of partner
8. Wedding toasts for second marriages and older couples
1.) Please can everyone join me in toasting two young – well, quite young anyway – people in love.
2.) In the words of Samuel Johnson, ‘Here’s to a second marriage – the triumph of hope over experience.’
3.) If there is such a thing as a good marriage it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
Michel E. de Montaigne
9. Wedding toasts from books and literature
1.) Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar but never doubt thy love.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet
2.) Look down you gods,
And on this couple drop a blessed crown.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
3.) The best of happiness, honor, and fortunes keeps with you.
William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens
4.) I wish you all the joy you can wish.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
5.) Honor, riches, marriage blessing,
Love continuance, and increasing,
Hourly joys be still upon you!
Juno sings her blessings on you.
William Shakespeare, The Tempest
6.) Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.
William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
7.) Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs; Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; Being vexed, a sea nourished with loving tears. What is it else? A madness most discreet, A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
From “Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give” book
8.) By staying married, we give something to ourselves and to others: hope. Hope that in steadfastly loving someone, we ourselves, for all our faults, will be loved; that the broken world will be made whole.
Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give
9.) I want to say that at various points in your marriage, may it last forever, you will look at this person and feel only rage.
Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give
10.) There is so much beauty in the trying, and in the failing, and in the trying again.
Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give
11.) All the couples therapy and communication seminars in the world won’t save you if you aren’t prepared to close your eyes and hug the mainmast through a storm.
Ada Calhoun, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give
From the Bible
Quotes from the Bible that express your sentiment for the new couple:
12.) Follow the way of love.
1 Corinthians 14:1
13.) When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize.
14.) Two are better than one.
15.) I found the one whom my soul loves.
Song of Solomon 3:4
16.) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
17.) May God be with you and bless you.
18.) All love should be simply stepping-stones to the love of God…Blessed be His name for His great goodness and mercy.
19.) God, the best maker of all marriages, Combine your hearts in one.
William Shakespeare, King Henry V
20.) To love another person is to see the face of God.
10. Wedding toasts from movies
1.) Someone once told me that true love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another.
Rachel McAdams, Wedding Crashers
2.) When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.
When Harry Met Sally
3.) I am, as ever, in bewildered awe of anyone who makes this kind of commitment that Angus and Laura have made today.
Hugh Grant, Four Weddings and a Funeral
4.) I think we all know that when you fall in love, the emptiness kind of drifts away because you find something to live for, each other.
Adam Sandler, The Wedding Singer
5.) This kind of certainty comes but once in a lifetime.
Bridges of Madison County
6.) Sometimes you love a person because of all the reasons they’re not like you. And sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home.
Bridget Jones’s Baby
7.) It is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart. I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart.
Cameron Diaz, In Her Shoes
8.) Love is passion, obsession, someone you can’t live without. If you don’t start with that, what are you going to end up with? Fall head over heels. I say find someone you can love like crazy and who’ll love you the same way back.
Meet Joe Black
9.) I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Romantic movie toasts
10.) To me, you are perfect.
11.) I’ve come here with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is, and always will be, yours.
Sense and Sensibility
12.) The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love, and be loved in return.
13.) I knew that when I kissed this girl I would be forever wed to her. So I stopped. I stopped and I waited. I waited for a moment longer. Then I just let myself go.
The Great Gatsby
14.) I have crossed oceans of time to find you.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
15.) It doesn’t matter if the guy is perfect or the girl is perfect, as long as they are perfect for each other.
Good Will Hunting
16.) It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew it the first time I touched her. It was like coming home, only to no home I’d ever known. I was just taking her hand to help her out of a car and I knew it. It was like magic.
Sleepless in Seattle
17.) It’s like at that moment the whole universe existed just to bring us together.
11. Poem toasts
1.) when by now and tree by leaf
she laughed his joy she cried his grief
bird by snow and stir by still
anyone’s any was all to her
E. E. Cummings
2.) Grow old with me. The best is yet to be
The last of life for which the first was made.
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